What’s New on the 2016 Chevy Silverado? More Than You’d Expect!
Chevy has been around for more than a century, so the brand’s engineers certainly understand what their customers are seeking. The company has done an admirable job retaining specific features, abilities, and styling cues that have generally and consistently been well-received.
Of course, they’ve also found ways to revamp their nameplates, leading to some of the most innovative technology, designs, and capabilities in the industry. This sentiment applies to all of the brand’s vehicles, especially the Chevy Silverado.
The brand is clearly doing something right. Chevy pickup truck sales have already increased 32 percent this year. This would be an impressive statistic all on its own, but it’s even more awe-inspiring when you consider this: Chevy had already seen a monumental increase in truck sales over the past several years. Since 2013, Chevy experienced double-digit increases (in percentages) in sales, and through June 2015, Silverado sales increased 14.6-percent.
Once again, Chevy has rolled out an assortment of new amenities and capabilities in their 2016 Silverado. You might not have thought the pickup’s engineers could get any more creative, but they certainly knocked it out of the park with this year’s model…
Several of the new Chevy Silverados will be equipped with the innovative and progressive eAssist technology. While the pickup already delivers some of the best fuel economy in the entire class, city drivers will witness an additional uptick in efficiency thanks to the semi-hybrid system.
“For customers and small-business owners who use their trucks for more urban driving, the addition of eAssist can further reduce their fuel costs without sacrificing the utility they expect in a full-size truck,” said Sandor Piszar, the Marketing Director for Chevrolet Trucks.
Engineers borrowed several ideas from the brand’s other efficient vehicles, including the battery cells from the Chevy Malibu and the software featured in the Chevy Volt. The technology essentially combines a 24-cell, air-cooled 0.45 kWh lithium-ion battery pack with the Silverado’s hulking 5.3-liter EcoTech V8 engine. The unit is accompanied by the advanced eight-speed automatic transmission, which will provide drivers with excellent handling and drivability.
The inclusion results in several unique capabilities. The Stop/Start technology will turn off your engine when you’re at a standstill, and operations will resume when the driver steps on the gas. Meanwhile, the Regenerative Braking system utilizes the electric motor as a generator. This allows the braking energy to help recharge the battery.
Both of these functions play a role in improving the Silverado’s fuel efficiency. The brand estimates that city fuel economy has improved by as much as 13 percent, estimating an 18 mile per gallon city fuel efficiency and a 24 mile per gallon highway fuel efficiency.
The system doesn’t just improve economy. Since the new battery weighs 15 percent less than the previous system, the pickup’s curb weight will decrease by about 100 pounds. Meanwhile, the Electric Power Boost feature will provide drivers with an extra 13 horsepower and 44 pounds-feet of torque increase. These are rather significant improvements, especially since the engineers hadn’t particularly focused on power.
Chevy planned on producing 500 Silverados featuring the eAssist technology, with the majority of these models being sold in California. The addition costs an additional $500 over the two-wheel drive version of the Silverado 1500 crew cab. Assuming the system is a hit with customers, Chevy anticipates that the system will be included in the 2017 model. This would seem like a natural progression, as the Chevy Spark EV and Bolt EV already offer drivers all-electric capabilities, while the Malibu Hybrid delivers maximum efficiency capabilities.
Sparkling New Design
The Chevy Silverado was already regarded as one of the most intimidating pickups on the road, but the brand’s engineers wanted to make the 2016 model even more muscular. To help accentuate that point, the brand redesigned several aspects of the truck’s exterior.
“The redesigned 2016 Silverado will build on Chevy Trucks’ legacy of dependability. It will feature a more muscular appearance and offer new customer-focused technologies,” said Piszar.
“New front end designs with bold horizontal elements, sculpted hoods and dramatic lighting reflect the strength and refinement that have helped make Silverado the fastest-growing full-size pickup brand this year.”
Designers also included new LED lighting packages to the Silverado LTZ, LTZ Z71, and High Country. The option includes LED headlamps, running lamps, fog lamps, and revised turn signal lamps. Meanwhile, the Silverado, Silverado LS, Custom, LT, and LT Z71 provide projector headlamps and LED daytime running lights.
The inclusion of this package will certainly add some allure to your new Silverado and the lights will also help provide you with optimal visibility. If you’ve ever traveled on dark roads at night, and found that your headlamps failed to provide you with the necessary amount of illumination, you can rest assured that with Chevy’s advanced lighting options, visibility on dark roads will never be an issue.
Innovative Interior Technology
Pickup trucks and technology don’t necessarily go hand in hand, but the Chevy Silverado’s interior is just as innovative as some of the brand’s other vehicles. The Chevrolet MyLink system provides drivers with a number of useful functions and applications, like Pandora radio or an in-depth navigation system. All of these features can be accessed via the eight-inch diagonal color touch-screen display.
Thanks to the wireless charging dock, drivers can keep their phones charged without being inconvenienced by pesky wires. Meanwhile, the Bluetooth technology allows drivers to make hands-free phone calls, and they can also access several of their phone’s other basic capabilities. Finally, thanks to the 4G LTE Wi-Fi, drivers and passengers can always stay on the grid.
Some of the Silverado’s technology also enhances its overall security. The OnStar RemoteLink application allows drivers to manipulate their pickup from afar. Owners can lock or unlock their doors, and they can even remotely start the vehicle – useful features and possible deterrents against anyone who may have been planning on rummaging through your truck’s bed or cabin.
Chevy has found brilliant ways to update the Silverado’s efficiency, exterior design, and interior technology. Thanks to the engineers’ willingness to take risks and try something new, the nameplate is poised to be the premier pickup truck for years to come.